Thursday, August 21, 2008

USA is 2-0

At the 5 Nations Tournament in Prievidza, Slovakia, the United States is 2-0. They defeated Switzerland yesterday 5-2 and got by Germany 3-2.

The United States jumped to a 3-0 against Switzerland. Goals came from Bill Arnold, Brent Darnell, and Colin Markinson to jump out to that early lead in the first period. Switzerland got two goals in the second stanza. The Americans came back with goals in the third by Austin Czarnik and Nick Bjugstad.

USA got on the board first in the game against Germany by a goal from Michael Mersch. Germany would tie it up before the teams went into the dressing room. USA would grab a two goal lead with a goal in the second and third. The goals were by Brent Darnell and Max Edson. Germany would add a goal later in the third.

USA Hockey announced three potential cities to host the World Junior Championships in 2011. My money is on Buffalo because its so close to Toronto. All three cities are close to the Canadian Border which would fill the seats up. A month or so ago a couple of blogs said the finalists would be close to the border.

The Kingston Frontenacs have come to terms with their first round selection in the 2008 Draft. Erik Gudbranson was rated as the top defenseman in the 2008 Draft by the OHL’s Central Scouting. With the Ottawa Jr. 67's he had 15 goals and 40 assists in 70 games.

The team also struck a deal with Ty Mort and Charles Sarault. Both were second round picks.

The Western College Hockey Blog is also reporting that Brad Walch will be heading to the Saginaw Spirit. I mentioned this here on Tuesday.

The Scouting News has two free podcasts on their site. One with Bob Tory, who's the head coach of the Tri-City Americans. The other is the interview with Notre Dame Head Coach Jeff Jackson. Both talk about the state of recruiting in the CHL and in the NCAA.

That's My Take

(Nathan also is a writer for He's the writer for the Asylum which covers the Lewiston Maineiacs of the QMJHL. He's also a regular contributor to the NHL Source also at He can be reached at

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